Man Trying to Help Car Crash Victims Attacked by Crowd, Cut, Hospitalized, St. Louis Cops Say

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A 40-year-old man who witnessed a car crash last night in north St. Louis called police and approached a vehicle to see if the driver was doing okay.

A short while later, cops say, a group of suspects approached him -- and attacked.

As the victim walked away from the assault, he noticed there was blood on his shirt: One of the attackers had cut him with a knife.

The auto accident happened on the 2900 block of North Newstead Avenue by Labadie Avenue at around 11:30 p.m.

The victim, police say, suffered a laceration to his chest and forearm and was listed in serious but stable condition at a local hospital.

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The suspects, however, remain unknown and at large.

It's unclear how this man, seemingly acting as a good samaritan, ended up the victim of an assault involving a crowd of suspects.

Police say there was an argument leading up to the attack.

Here's the full SLMPD incident report:

Incident: Assault 1st (Cutting) Location: 2900 block of N. Newstead at Labadie Date/Time: 06/27/13 @ 23:20 Victim(s): 40-year old black male Suspect(s): Unknown The victim witnessed an auto accident which occurred at the above intersection and contacted officers. As he approached the vehicle to check on the driver, a group of several suspects approached him and began to argue with him. A struggle ensued and the crowd dispersed. As the victim walked away, he observed blood on his shirt and realized he had been cut. He sustained a laceration to his chest and forearm and was listed in serious/stable condition at a local hospital. The investigation is ongoing.

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